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Newsletter - Tuesday 10 May 2005
Published by Balmain Rovers, part of the Balmain & District Soccer Club.
Sydney Amateur League Rd 6

Balmain Rovers v Roselands: Wentworth Park: Sat 9 May 2005

Reserves match report by Stewart Shaw

At last the weather seemed more favourable to those overseas players and to emphasise how keen they all were, we had nearly all players changed and ready at least 20 mins before the start of the game. After the usual sitting-on-shoulders-to-set-the-nets and running-out-of-tape we were set for the start of the game. Hang on, there was something missing, Oh yeah, a Ref. Roselands agreed to a Ref and as there was only one Rovers player who wasn't going to play, I volunteered quickly for one half, so that we could get the game going. Personally, I think that I need to do a referees course, as within the first few minutes my decision making was questioned a number of times. I wont go into details, however, after 17 mins, the official Referee turned up and the whistle was quickly handed over. Scoreline at the Referee change - 1-0 to Roselands.

With a 1-0 lead, Roselands thought they might be a chance and with Balmain's heads slightly down and talk on the field at a minimum, Rovers chances were few and far between. However, with patience and some hard work in the middle of the park, it was soon level at 1-1 and then 2-1 before the break. Soon into the second half Steve Adams went down near the edge of the pitch with what some thought might be a broken leg, Luckily it wasn't as bad as first thought and he managed (with help) to limp his way off the park and round to the bench. At this stage it looks like cruciate ligament damage. All the best for a speedy recovery, Steve.

Fired up by the loss of their Captain, Rovers started to completely dominate Roselands and we were placing more and more pressure on the defence. Goals were coming and Roselands quickly starting losing control of the football and their heads. In the end the final scoreline was deserved. 8-1.

Goals: Rob Liney (4), Rich Briscoe (2), Tony Unsworth, own goal
Pele Points: 2 - Mike Stubbs, 1 - Steve Adams, Rob Liney, Matt Linton, Ricky Onsman

Firsts match report by Stewart Shaw

Boosted by a dominant win by the Reserves, the fact that we had a Referee and the weather, the First Grade squad were ready and waiting for the Roselands squad by the time the whistle was blown. With some Firsts players getting a warm up in the Reserve Grade the confidence levels were high. A change in formation led to Martyn and Andy McLeod up front and a possibility of a different style of football. It was a chance to try and see some more players step up to the mark and watch the football being played.

I don't know whether it was the pitch, the formation or the Roselands defence but it took Rovers some time to dominate the match. There was no real doubt that they would, and when they did from the sideline it looked like some of the best football played this year: possession, movement and chances that should (upon reflection) have been taken. There were some great saves by the stand-in keeper Marshall and luckily no injuries. However, the final scoreline really flatters the Roselands squad. 2-0.

Goals: Steve Ashcroft (2)
Pele Points: 2 - Marshall Moir, Martyn Farnworth, 1 - Pete Boyle, Andy McLeod

Canterbury District Rd 6

Balmain Rovers v Strathfield: Callan Park, Rozelle: Sat 7 May 2005

Match report by Dale Humphries

Going into this game, Balmain remained unbeaten and alone at the top of the table. Unfortunately our preparation was undermined by the unavailability of four important personnel. However the team rallied together and fought hard despite the unfamiliarity of some positions they were selected to play in. The first twenty minutes Strathfield hit us hard, and with Balmain struggling to hold our shape in any form, we found ourselves down 0-2 after about fifteen minutes. I was still confident we could rally hard and pull it back, such is the depth of our squad, however it was going to be a great test of character.

We did have plenty of chances in the first half, particularly from set pieces - a great strength of this side. Roberto came closest to scoring after about 30 minutes when he silkily weaved his way into the 6 yard box only to have his shot saved at the near post by the keeper. Right on half-time, Roberto showed his class as he worked his magic on the edge of the 18 yard box. He made the Strathfield defenders look like mannequins, beating several players before burying his shot past the keeper. Just the tonic we needed.

At half-time we regrouped, made several positional changes and talked about character and fighting hard as a team. We didn't disappoint. Halfway through the second stanza we were awarded a penalty after a Strathfield defender tried to clear the ball off his own line with his hand. Simon did the honours, we were back in the game at 2-2, and knew we were a good chance.

Gabe had another sterling performance in midfield and never stopped working and kept everybody going. Roberto down the left flank was looking hungry and dangerous every time he got the ball. Simon had another strong game up front and scored a great match winner with 15 minutes to play when he was allowed to turn and shoot inside the six yard box. Following the third goal we had more chances which we were unable to convert. With five minutes to play Morgan became match winner/saver by making a great save to secure the points for Balmain. Full credit to a top bunch of blokes for digging deep and showing not only can we play football but we have character and can scrap out a win when needed! 3-2.

Goals: Simon Goodman (2),Roberto Arocha
Pele Points: 3 - Roberto Arocha, 2 - Gabe Cataldo, 1 - Morgan Bowling

Balmain Rovers v Strathfield B: Strathfield Park, Strathfield: Sat 30 April 2005

Match report by Paul Wright

Balmain came into today's game fresh off a strong win against the current league leaders and keen to post another strong performance in front of our now expectant fans. Rushing out of the blocks, the game was barely five mins old when Paddy fired off a warning shot, sizzling a 25 yard drive over the bar. Balmain's back four were easily controlling the lines and our midfield looked to have strength in the early challenges and soon it was Antoon's turn, firing one into the back of the net only to be denied by an offside decision. Burwood C were chasing shadows as the tempo increased and after a series of attacks an already tiring opposition made the mistake of giving Paddy too much room and he produced a wonderful dipping shot that the keeper was unable to deal with, ending up in the back of the net along with the ball. Burwood C looked demoralised and the floodgates duly opened. First it was Antoon who got on the end of a through ball to make it two, then Kader fought off several challenges to give us a third.

The second half saw a few personnel changes, and your reporter looking for a notepad to keep track of all the action. Balmain were in cruise control and wasted several early chances before a crossfield pass found Dean lurking just outside the box, who then cut inside his man and drilled in a shot for an overdue fourth. It was rampant stuff now, and moments after the restart Dean drew in two defenders before delivering a slide rule pass that your reporter managed to tuck away off the inside of the post. By now everyone wanted a piece of the action, and Burwood C wanted a piece of your reporters legs. Penalty! Birthday boy Dean took charge and buried it.

Most teams would be content with six, but a class act like Balmain never stops, and the seventh duly arrived - Paddy lobbing one of his signature long throws towards goal, and after series of deflections with the keeper all at sea, the ball bobbled into the back of the net with several players claiming rights to the goal (it was finally credited to Antoon). With the game in the bag, a welcome sight greeted us with Akin finally fit enough to come on to make his Balmain debut, and some wonderful skill on the ball will have certainly caught the managers eye. That should have wrapped it up, but Burwood C did manage a consolation goal. Amir rushed out to clear but the ball ended up at the feet of a Burwood C player who deftly lobbed the retreating defence. 7-1.

Goals: Antoon Visser (2), Dean Lenz (2), Kader Tamsaouit, Paddy Denvir, Paul Wright
Pele Points: 3 - Antoon Visser, 2 - Matt Mahony, 1 - Dan Higson

Futsal Update

On 5 May, Balmain Rovers suffered their second loss of the season when they went down 2-6 to Wear Dark in the Thursday 2nd Division of the Indoor 5s. This sees them slip to second spot on the table, but with the chance to reclaim top spot this week. Next match: Rovers v Euro Trash, 7.20pm, Thursday 12 May, Sydney University. NSW Futsal site

Award Standings

Pele Medal (all teams)
14 --- Andy McLeod
8 ---- Drew Schaper, Jim Wragg
7 ---- Simon Goodman
6 ---- Roberto Arocha, Gabe Cataldo, Dean Lenz, Stewart Shaw
5 ---- Gavin Carey, Paddy Denvir, Dale Humphries, Rob Liney, Marshall Moir
4 ---- Pete Boyle, Martyn Farnworth, Ben Jones, Erin Owens
3 ---- Jacob Cavallaro, Dan Higson, Tony Madau, Cormac O'Shea, Michael Penman, Antoon Visser, Paul Wright
2 ---- Steve Adams, Steve Ashcroft, Allan Frydman, Matt Linton, Matt Mahony, Richard Raward, Dom Salomoni, Jeff See, Ere Sihalath, Mike Stubbs, Nick Vince
1 ---- Steve Ashton, Michael Bosnich, Morgan Bowling, Ruben Davis, Amir Hatami, Andy Henderson, Ben Jones, Ricky Onsman, Dan Whaite, Adam White, Kristian Wiles

Golden Boot (all teams)
16 --- Rob Liney
9 ---- Andy McLeod
8 ---- Simon Goodman
5 ---- Steve Ashton
4 ---- Paddy Denvir, Martyn Farnworth, Jeff See, Paul Wright
2 ---- Steve Ashcroft, Rich Briscoe, Dale Humphries, Dean Lenz, Cormac O'Shea, Kader Tamsaouit, Tony Unsworth, Nick Vince, Antoon Visser, Dan Whaite, Adam White
1 ---- Roberto Arocha, Pete Boyle, Sergio Fiorenza, Dave Ford, David Hull, Colin Mitchell, Michael Penman, Ere Sihalath

Next ...

SAFL Firsts & Reserves v Dobroyd Gunners - Wentworth Park, Glebe, 1pm & 3pm Sat 14 May
CDFSA Div 7 v Enfield B - Callan Park, Rozelle, 1.15pm Sat 14 May
CDSFA Div 8 v Enfield A - Henley Park, Rozelle, 3pm Sat 14 May CDSFA Div 7/8 v Lilli Pilli (State Cup) - Callan Park, Rozelle, 3pm Sun 15 May

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